Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Talking too fast

Life is never predictable even though you wish it to be. I do too. Wishes are not always granted. I can live with the unpredictability of life. But I hate to do the same thing all over again every few months. As part of my job, I have to talk to my fellow countrymen and the French. Luckily for me, the medium of communication is English and not French. Talking to fellow countrymen is easy but talking to French posed a serious problem. I talked too fast according to the French.

In my defense, I spaced my words well in order to make myself clear. Apparently my good intentions were not good enough. So whomever I was talking to followed a pattern.  They narrowed their eyes first , turned their faces then to bring their ears close to me and finally leaned over to me when nothing else was working out. I am usually slow in interpreting these signals. But it is difficult to ignore the leaning over part. The message cannot be more louder or clearer! This made me do something which I thought impossible for me to do earlier. I put kilometers between my words. Slowly, the leaning stopped, the turning stopped and finally the narrowing also. Everything returned back to normal. That is when I started cheating. I gradually decreased the space between the words. Over a period of time, I was able to talk in my normal pace. Everyone understands me now.

Now, there is a reorganization. I see new faces. As new faces do not necessarily bring new problems, I am back to square one. They don't understand a word of what I speak. I have to retrace my path and bring in the "kilometer" factor again. I am again doing what I did earlier. Remember, I began saying life being unpredictable and my hatred towards doing things all over again...



10 comments:

  1. Well, life turns a full circle, right ? :-P

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    1. Full circle more often than we desire. ;)

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  2. You could say this is predictable. Each time you meet someone new be prepared to re-establish communication. Oh and you do talk fast:)

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    1. When you meet a new person in a new setting, I agree. Doing it with a new person at an old setting, every few months is boring.

      Guilty to the second charge. That explains the lost look on your face when I talk. :) Well, I will try to talk slowly. At the same time, you can ask me to do so in case I forget. ;)

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  3. I liked the way you described people after hearing to you,, FUNNY :)
    They narrowed their eyes and moved their ears :P lol

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    1. ;) It is also true if you watch the other person carefully.

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  4. well..."What goes around...comes back around...".. :)

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  5. I think the French will like Vajpaye...remember his kilometre long pauses!

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    1. :) Not only the French.... I'm pretty sure the entire western world will love it if someone talks like that!

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